Frances Mary Elizabeth Norris
Frances Mary Elizabeth NorrisView full burial details
in the cemetery
Frances Mary Elizabeth Atkins was born on 17th September 1863 at Yardly Gobion, the younger child of John Webb Atkins and Mary Ann Atkins (nee Beard). She lived until a young adult in Aberdare , Glamorganshire. On the death of her father in 1882 the family moved back to Yardly Gobion. At some point she moved to Berkhamsted and there she met Frederick Norris and they eventually married at St Peters Church, on 8th September 1886.
On 27th December 1886 Frances gave birth to their first daughter Mabel Elizabeth. By 1891 Fred, Frances and Mabel, plus Frances’ widowed mother Mary Ann Atkins, were living at 17 Montague Road Berkhamsted. By 1901 Fred and Frances had three more daughters who survived into adulthood (Millicent, Daisy and Thirza) and two sons who didn’t (Frederick and Gordon). His parents, Daniel and Ann Norris were also living in that tiny house.
Another daughter, Aunt Violet, was also born in 1905. Mabel married Gilbert Leah at St Peters Church in 1904. They later became canal lock keepers at Far Cotton, Near Northampton.
The Norris family were at the centre of Berkhamsted life, as can be seen in the photograph belowof Fred, Frances and Vi in Berkhamsted High Street circa 1911.